As we approach Independence Day in these United States (as well as my 1000th post), I thought a little history lesson was in order.  But rather than lecture on my own, I’m going to encourage you to view Chris Whitten’s excellent exploration of the Gladsen flag and the history of the snake.




Isn’t our choice really one of up or down? Down through statism, the welfare state, more and more government largesse, accompanied always by more government authority, less individual liberty and ultimately totalitarianism, always advanced as for our own good. The alternative is the dream conceived by our Founding Fathers, up to the ultimate in individual freedom, consistent with an orderly society. – Ronald Reagan


The violence of the past week has shaken the nation.  Multiple shootings across the country have shocked, saddened and angered many.  But former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and author/activist Van Jones (former co-hosts of CrossFire) have released a video both discussing and demonstrating what we need to do when faced with tragedies like these.  It’s hard to imagine two men who are more different in background, belief and perspectives, but they agree that we must come together as a nation.  In the video (of a live feed), they discuss in a caring and intelligent way what we can do to build unity in our communities and in our country.  You can view the discussion via RealPolitics or via Gingrich’s Facebook page.

We’ve gone astray from first principles. We’ve lost sight of the rule that individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything that we’ve accomplished. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. – President Ronald Reagan

Full speech available here: Audio or PDF


*The law governing benefit amounts may change because, by 2033, the payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 77 percent of scheduled benefits.

Social Security will be broke in less than 20 years. Don’t believe it? The Social Security Administration does. That’s why your SS Benefits statement includes the preceding disclaimer explaining why retirees won’t get full benefits. Myra Adams of the National Review gives details.